Since 2016 over £5.1 million has been invested into affordable housing in the Caerphilly county borough through Welsh Government’s Social Housing Grant Programme.
The borough council’s housing strategy team was able to secure the money and has worked with local housing associations, such as Pobl and United Welsh, to deliver a number of affordable housing developments throughout the borough.
These include developments on the sites of former fire stations in Bargoed and Cefn Forest, which has allowed a new use to be created for this historic sites.
The homes are being developed as part of Welsh Government’s Smaller Properties Programme; aimed at helping those who need to downsize as a direct result of the ‘bedroom tax’.
A similar development to create smaller properties to help those affected by the tax is currently underway on the site of the former Goodrich Hotel in Caerphilly.
Cllr Lisa Phipps, the council’s Cabinet Member for Homes and Places, said: “Meeting people’s housing need is a key objective for the council.
“Collaborative working between the council and its partner housing associations is key in helping to deliver this objective. Everyone deserves the opportunity to live in good quality, affordable housing.
“The importance of such housing in contributing to health, wellbeing and regeneration should not be underestimated – housing is at the heart of all our communities.”